Fitted with pleasing pastel tiles and wooden furnishings, this al fresco bistro and bar has brought the cosy ambiance of Australian beach-side diners to this waterfront spot in Singapore.

It’s an establishment with eco-friendly furnishings too: Be it the cheery-looking lampshades or the wooden seats, all the furniture at South Coast has been made from recycled materials.

Name of restaurant: South Coast

Type of food: Australian

Ambience: It’s an easygoing atmosphere, perfect for an afternoon break or for cocktail sipping after the post-shopping daze. The Louis Vuitton Island Maison is just mere steps away so serious retail therapy is always within reach.

Food review: South Coast restaurant interiors

South Coast at the Marina Bay Sands Promenade, Singapore

Situated along the waterfront, South Coast presents a good mid-range option with its authentic, casual-dining Australian food. Often a myriad of international culinary traditions, Australian cuisine at its heart, celebrates the freshness of Australian produce. So diners will, in effect, enjoy a good variety of dishes prepared with quality imported produce.

This Australian bistro and bar is open from 8am daily, so a heavy breakfast is available for early risers. Choose to have your barn-laid eggs done in any style with sourdough toast ($14) or opt for Ricotta pancakes ($14) and more breakfast dishes for morning or brunch bites.

The slow roasted ox cheeks ($16) and corn beef hash with spinach, tomatoes, poached egg with Turkish toast ($21) are the dishes to try if you’re looking for more typically Australian fare.

Food review: South Coast wagyu beef burgerMust-tries:
For the mains, do consider the juicy and flavourful Wagyu burger with beetroot, tomato, lettuce & caramelised onions on Turkish bread ($27), pictured right; we were less keen on the crispy, though forgettable beer battered barramundi with fries ($26).

Feeling peckish but don’t want a full meal? South Coast’s extensive bar tasting menu has over 20 items for you to choose from. Everything on this menu is made from scratch and each item is paired with house-made sourdough bread.

We recommend the salt and pepper calamari ($11) and the house-made mini kangaroo and pork pies ($18) as late night snacks to go with your drinks. If you don’t mind being a bit more adventurous with your choice of meat, the latter is a must-try item at South Coast.

Price: Sides range from $4 for lemon and thyme sautéed mixed mushrooms to $6 for beef sausages. Bar tasting menu items range from $8 for fries to $18 for freshly shucked oysters. Mains such as pizzas and burgers cost between $22 for pepperoni pizza to $28 for a Wagyu burger.

Verdict: 7/10. Good mid-range option for brunch or a coffee break in between shopping and sightseeing along the Marina Bay Sands waterfront; or for that night out with easygoing friends.

South Coast is located at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #01-85, Bay level, Singapore, Tel: 6688 7600. Opening hours 8am to 1am daily, happy hours from 5pm to 8pm on Mondays to Fridays. Visit www.southcoast.com.sg for more information.